I love first sentences of books. I think it's so beautiful - and magical - that an author can convey so much about a character, a scene, even the entire plot, in just one sentence.
Some of my absolute favorite first sentences from books I've read:
"Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know."
-- The Stranger, by Albert Camus
"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth."
-- Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
"Somebody must have made a false accusation against Joseph K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong."
-- The Trial, by Franz Kafka
"When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it, to begin with. The very first time I saw her, it was the back of the head I saw, and there was something lovely about it, the angles of it."
-- Gone Girl, by @TheGillianFlynn
“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”
-- 100 Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez
"Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself."
-- Mrs. Dalloway, by Virgina Woolf
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